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CMS looks to launch behavioral health pay model

CMS looks to launch behavioral health pay model

By Virgil Dickson  |  July 20, 2017

The CMS is interested in launching a new pay model that will target behavioral health services and is seeking public comment on what the new effort should look like. The announcement comes at a time when agency officials say they are still committed to value-based care.

Hospitals question feds' proposed $900 million IOU tied to 340B cuts

Hospitals question feds' proposed $900 million IOU tied to 340B cuts

By Virgil Dickson  |  July 18, 2017

A proposed $900 million cut in spending on the 340B drug discount program could lead to a rollback in services at hospitals or even closures if finalized, according to industry insiders. The CMS however has insisted that the reduction in 340B spending isn't a cut but a redistribution of funds.

Third time was not the charm for McConnell's vow to end Obamacare

Third time was not the charm for McConnell's vow to end Obamacare

By Mara Lee  |  July 18, 2017

In less than 14 hours, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's Plan C to repeal Obamacare with a delay has died after several Republican senators said they wouldn't agree to a pure repeal. The path forward for Republicans' healthcare reform efforts is murky.

Rule-o-rama spells trouble for hospitals

Rule-o-rama spells trouble for hospitals

By Virgil Dickson  |  July 14, 2017

In addition to Medicaid cuts that continue to be part of the GOP's plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, a 1,500-page Medicare payment rule and next year's physician fee pay rule all tighten reimbursement for providers, and most it spells trouble for hospitals.

Trustees' report says Medicare will be insolvent by 2029

Trustees' report says Medicare will be insolvent by 2029

By Virgil Dickson  |  July 13, 2017

The estimate is a year longer than trustees reported in 2016. As a result, the Independent Payment Advisory Board will not have to swoop into action to curtail Medicare spending. However, the trustees are worried docs will exit the program anyway.

CMS delays rule to improve home health agency care

CMS delays rule to improve home health agency care

By Virgil Dickson  |  July 10, 2017

Home health agencies are getting an additional six months to prepare for a new CMS rule aimed at improving quality and patient care. The rule was first proposed by the Obama administration.

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